We would think that plastic toys would harbour the most bacteria out of all toys children play with, however this isn't the case. One of the worst offenders is fury toys. The fur of a soft toy absorbs any liquid and germs it comes in contact with...so something we thought posed no threat to children is actually one of the riskiest.
The reason stuffed toys are so bad is because they can't be cleaned properly like standard toys, the fur makes it impossible to 'wipe clean' so it gives bacteria an easier home to live in. The worst germ found in stuffed toys is Moraxella, which is the main cause of sinusitis, ear infections and pneumonia. This germ is also part of a group of bacteria that can become resistant to antibiotics. The main issue with soft toys is the difficulty cleaning them. In a recent study, by the time nine hours had passed, a range of viruses were no longer found on most metal and plastic surfaces (aluminum and computer keyboards). Yet on porous items, like soft toys, clothes and wooden surfaces, viable viruses disappeared after four hours. This means that even though soft toys are harder to clean, harder surfaces are worse for keeping viruses around. The best thing you can do for your childs safety is to regularly clean surfaces, toys, soft toys (soak them) to ensure you're keeping on top of killing bacteria and viruses.